Ampeg BA115 or Orange 50W
I'm a beginning bassist looking to get a small amp for college dorm room practice. It'll be used for 90% solo bedroom practice and 10% jamming with friends (but we're broke college students so mostly acoustic guitars or small amps). Actually, I'd prefer it not being any bigger because we're not supposed to use amplified instruments (thought everyone does) and there's no music practice room for half a mile (so smaller, more portable amps yay!). I'm looking at two amps right now that fit my needs and are around the same cost: a used, but good condition Ampeg BA115 and a new(ish) Orange PiX CR50BXT. I was considering the Ampeg BA115 until I started reading horror stories here about people who got the amp. It seems like every positive story I hear is immediately met with at least a couple bad ones. The Orange 50W is half the wattage but when I went to a GC and tried the two out, it was probably just as loud (though with my untrained ears, that could mean anything). Do you guys have any experiences or recommendations? Also, if any of you know of a nice combo that I can get for around $200-250, that'd be great.
Also, I saw some bass amps that are labeled "manufacturer refurbished" or "factory refurbished." Can anyone testify to the quality of those amps?
A 50 watt bass combo is kinda useless. Too big for bedroom practice, too small to jam with. I'd look at either a headphone amp for silent practice, or a little Ampeg BA-108 if you want to make a little noise.
Having had a BA115, I now have a B-100r and it is superior in every way. You can pick them up used for around $200 - 250. I got mine for $150. It does not have a DI like the BA115 but the tone is worlds better.
The Orange sounds alright but it is essentially a practice amp.
He's looking for a small practice amp.
"manufacturer refurbished" or "factory refurbished." means it was most likely someone elses returned problem child. It could be a good working unit now, may have always been a good working unit or just a lemon. If it carries a full warranty period you're pretty safe, reduced warranty you should have time to weed out the lemons. A little more risky than buying new. Hence the reduced price.
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